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May 15 2007

The guys at the back of the Brewers bullpen pen came into last night's game nearly untouchable.  How good?  Of the duo that saw much of the time at the end of the game, Derrick Turnbow had thrown to a 1.76 ERA in 16 games and Francisco Cordero an 0.54 ERA in 18 games.  The Brewers were 21-0 in games they led after seven innings.  And now they're 21-1. 

Down 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies scored six runs.  They did it with one extra-base hit -- a double from Victorino that didn't even drive in a run.  For the Phils it was the second time in three games they had scored six runs in an inning late to get a win.

The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers last night, winning 8-6 to improve to 18-20 on the year. 

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks.  For Moyer pitching in Philadelphia it may prove to be all about the home run.  After giving up one home run through his first six starts he's given up three in his last two.  2.85 ERA in his first six starts, 5.40 in his last two.  Six of the nine hits he allowed went for extra-bases, four doubles and two home runs.  He struck out one.

Prince Fielder doubled with two outs in the first, but Bill Hall followed and flew to right to end the inning.

Johnny Estrada led off the second with a home run that put the Brewers up 1-0.  Moyer got the next three.

Rickie Weeks doubled to center with one out in the third.  JJ Hardy grounded to third.  Nunez looked Weeks back and threw to first.  Hardy was out at first and Weeks broke for third on the throw.  Rollins covered third as Nunez had moved towards short to field the ball, and Dobbs' throw to third was in time to get Weeks another one of those 5-3-6 double-plays you've heard so much about.

Hall doubled with one out in the fourth, but Estrada and not-a-Phillie Kevin Mench went down behind him.

Moyer started the fifth with a 2-1 lead.  Corey Hart led off with a single but was forced at second for the first out of the inning when Tony Graffanino grounded to first.  Dave Bush bunted Graffanino to second.  Moyer walked Weeks on on a 3-2 pitch, putting runners on first and second with two down, which would have been fine except Hardy smashed a three-run homer out to left to put Milwaukee up 4-2.  Moyer got Fielder on a ground ball back to the pitcher to end the frame.

Hall started the sixth with an infield single and moved to second on a ground ball back to the pitcher.  Mench grounded to second for the second out as Hall moved to third.  Moyer walked Hart before Graffanino grounded to short to end the inning.

Craig Counsell, who entered the game in the sixth on a double-switch, led off the seventh with a double to right.  With Weeks at the plate, Counsell tried to steal third and was gunned down by Ruiz.  Weeks singled to center and that was it for Moyer.  With the righty Hardy at the plate and a man on first with one out, Geary entered the game.  Hardy sent Weeks to second with a single and Fielder followed with another single, scoring Weeks and moving Hardy to third.  5-2 Milwaukee.  Hall was next and he looped a foul ball in foul territory that Victorino made a long run for and caught.  He couldn't get anything on the throw after the long run and Hardy tagged and scored.  6-2.  Estrada grounded to third for the third out.

Another bad outing for Geary, who allowed a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning after being charged with four runs on four hits his last time out while getting just one out.

Condrey started the eighth and allowed a one-out double to Hart.  He got pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to ground to second and Counsell on a grounder to first to set the Brewers down.

Condrey's ERA drops to 1.59 in his fifth outing of the season.  The bullpen situation is desperate -- they need someone you don't expect to do a whole bunch of good things.  Stay tuned.

Brett Myers started the ninth up 8-6.  After Weeks hit a fly ball to right for the first out, Hardy hit a grounder in the hole between short and third.  Nunez moved far to his right and made a strong throw to nail Hardy for the second out.  Great play by Nunez and it meant that Fielder did not come to the plate as the tying run.  Fielder dribbled up the first base line and Myers tossed to first to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Dave Bush went (1) Rowand (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Utley (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Rowand leads off again against the righty as Rollins, who came into the game 2-for-his-last-25, hits third.  Dobbs plays first.  Nunez at third despite two errors on Sunday.  Seventh straight start for Nunez.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first.  Utley led off the second and was hit by a pitch. Sorta.  They gave him first but it looked like the inside pitch bounced off Estrada's glove more than hit him.  Burrell, Dobbs and Nunez went in order.

Ruiz led off the third and absolutely smoked a ball right back at Bush.  The ball hit Bush in the pitcher's left leg around the knee.  Bush somehow got to the ball after it bounced off him and towards the first base line, and tossed to first for the out before he collapsed.  After a visit from the trainer Bush was able to stay in the game.  He struck out Moyer and got Rowand to fly to center to end the inning.

Utley singled with two outs in the fourth and Burrell followed with a two-run shot out to right-center.  It gave the Phils a 2-1 lead.  Dobbs grounded out to end the inning.  We've seen Burrell make a lot of outs to right this season but not a lot of home runs.  You know he can crush the ball to left.  If he starts hitting it out to right and center, watch out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth. 

Rowand led off the sixth with a single before Victorino struck out for the first out.  A single from Rollins moved Rollins to second and righty Matt Wise replaced Bush.  Utley grounded out for the second out as the runners moved to second and third.  Burrell struck out to end the inning.

Dobbs led off the seventh with a single but Nunez hit a double-play ball to short.  Ruiz singled into center and Chris Coste got his first at-bat of the season, pinch-hitting for Geary.  Coste flew to right to end the inning.

The Phils came into the eighth down 6-2.  Rowand singled and Victorino doubled to left, putting runners on second and third with nobody out.  Enter Derrick Turnbow.  Rollins walked to load the bases.  With Utley at the plate, Turnbow uncorked a wild pitch.  Rowand scored to cut the lead to 6-3 as Victorino went to third and Rollins to second.  Utley singled up the middle, scoring both of them.  6-5.  Burrell hit it into right again, but put away easily for the first out.  Dobbs singled to right, sending Utley to second.  Nunez singled to right to load the bases.  Ruiz was next and got down 0-2 before he hit a ground ball towards first.  Fielder played the ball to his right at about the same time that Nunez went by.  He came home with the throw, but it was too late to get Utley and the game was tied at 6-6.  Good job by Ruiz not to strike out with one out and the man on third.  With the bases still loaded and one down, Helms pinch-hit for Condrey.  He smoked the ball to right, off the wall for a single.  How only one run scored is a mystery right up there with how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, but Helms held first with a long single as Dobbs scored to put the Phils up 7-6.  Had to be bad base running or a stumble by Nunez or Ruiz, but I don't know who.  Rowand hit a sac fly to center that scored Nunez and put the Phils up 8-6 before Victorino flew to left to end the inning.  Huge hit for Helms, who needed one.

Rowand was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  After slugging .622 in April he has two extra-base hits, both doubles, in his last 54 at-bats. 

Victorino was 1-for-5 with a double.

Rollins was 1-for-3 with a big walk in the eighth inning.

Utley was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Dobbs was 2-for-4 to raise his average to .318.  He's 6-for-his-last-8, 8-for-his-last-12.  318/367/500 on the year in 44 at-bats.

Nunez was 1-for-4.

Ruiz was 1-for-4 with an RBI. 

Adam Eaton (3-3, 7.43) faces righty Claudio Vargas (3-0, 2.65) tonight.  Eaton has been mostly miserable this season but pitched well against Arizona a week ago, holding the Diamondbacks to three runs over seven innings.  He did allow two home runs in that game, he's allowed seven on the year in 40 innings.  Only three NL pitchers have allowed more home runs.  Righties are hitting .338 against him.  Vargas has appeared in seven games for Milwaukee, making six starts.  Over his last three starts he's gone 17 innings and allowed one earned run on 12 hits.  He has been walking people, surrendering 12 walks over those same 17 frames.  On the year he's struck out 37 in 34 innings.  He made a start against the Phils last year and went six innings, allowing four runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out eight.  Lieberthal hit a home run against him in that game.

This article suggests the Phils may be interested in lefty Ron Villone.

This article says Tom Gordon has left the hospital, Madson could return a week from today and Howard is taking "active rest" in which he hits but doesn't run or field.  Did he ever run or field?  Must have missed that.  I would plan on not seeing Gordon pitch for a long time.

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